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Sheldon Souray was put on waivers Thursday by the Oilers. ((Dave Sandford/Getty Images))

Sheldon Souray and the Edmonton Oilers need not endure another season of discontent. 

The disgruntled defenceman's turbulent tenure in Edmonton ended Thursday with the Oilers placing him on waivers.

Veteran goaltender Martin Gerber was also waived.

NHL teams have until Friday at noon ET to claim either player, otherwise they will be demoted to the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons.

If unclaimed, they could be subject to re-entry waivers in which a team can pick them up at half their salary, with Edmonton responsible for paying the rest.

"I literally do not know what their plan is for me," Souray recently told the Edmonton Journal.

"I'll sit and wait. If they want me to report somewhere else — when or where — at the end of the day, my contract is with them and I'm prepared to honour it, wherever."

Souray, 34, has sat idle since criticizing Oilers management, which has been trying to engineer a trade since telling him not to bother reporting to training camp.

Problem is, there have been precious few takers for the former all-star. He is coming off an injury-plagued campaign, is owed two years and $9 million US on the contract he signed July 12, 2007, and represents a salary cap hit of $5.4 million US this season.

Souray originally requested a trade two years ago and reiterated that desire last season, when he sat out 45 games with a concussion and a broken right hand.

Souray also claimed Oilers management insisted he return to the lineup before he had fully recovered from off-season shoulder surgery in 2007-08, a season in which he re-injured the shoulder and missed 56 games.

The Elk Point, Alta., native posted 76 points in 144 games with Edmonton, including 30 goals — 14 on the power play.  

Gerber, 36, signed a two-way contract with Edmonton for $500,000 US at the NHL level or $200,000 US in the AHL. 

The journeyman pro spent last season in the KHL, following solid stints with the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Oilers still have three netminders in camp — Nikolai Khabibulin, Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk.

With files from The Canadian Press